House upon a Rock Author:Elsa Pedersen Derrick Slocumb and Emil Hedla were on the dock talking to Jack Clements, owner of the big crab boat, Viking. Both boys wanted the same thing, the one summer job Clements had available for a highschool boy. — At first Derrick thought it was the engine on the Viking that made the dock shake beneath them. But then he realized it was something more.... more » It was an "Earthquake!" someone shouted, and Derrick grabbed a nearby wall to steady to steady himself.
On the heels of the earthquake came a tdal wave that nearly destroyed their small Alaska town. And after that there was no time for competition between the two boys, just time for them to prove that they were already men. Of the two Derrick became most involved in his family's problems and in the problems of the town, all of which demanded lifetime-changing decisisions.
Only an author who experienced the great Alaska earthquake, as Elsa Pederson did, could tell of those days of heartbreak and hope as effectively as she has done.« less